Lauren obtained an Undergraduate degree in Physiology from King’s College London in July 2011; and her Master’s degree in Reproductive and Developmental Biology from Imperial College London in September 2012.
Recently, Lauren completed her PhD at Centre of Mental Health at Imperial College London under the supervision of Dr. Paul Ramchandani and Professor Vivette Glover. Her main area of interest is the association between maternal prenatal anxiety and depression and the neurodevelopment of the fetus through placental mechanisms. The main focus of Lauren’s PhD was to explore and assess the impact of maternal prenatal anxiety/depression on placental functioning and its impact on the child’s emotional and behavioural development (assessed through postnatal biological, psychological and behavioural assessment). As part of her PhD studies, Lauren ran the My Baby and Me Study which is a cohort study of pregnant women and children at Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital.
While at King’s College London Lauren was awarded a Wellcome Trust Biomedical Vacation Studentship, which led to work in the Division of Women's Health researching the possible fetal programming effects of pre-eclampsia. Lauren is also a member of the Marcé Society for Perinatal Mental Health.